17 March 2006


The Evidence Based Librarianship Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association has debuted its new journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. The first issue is available on the web and it’s a wonderful one. EBLIP is a quarterly, open-access, peer-reviewed forum for “librarians to discover research which can contribute to best-practice decision-making.” Published by the University of Alberta, it will have original research, feature articles, and “critically appraised reviews of existing research (evidence summaries).”

The editor-in-chief is Lindsay Glynn [Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada] and Denise Koufogiannakis [University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada] is associate editor for evidence summaries. There is an impressive editorial advisory team, made up of librarians from all over the world. If you are interested in submitting a paper, see the editorial policies page.

All articles can be downloaded as PDF files—for free. Here is the Table of Contents for Volume 1, No. 1:
Editorial, Lindsay Glynn
Adding SPICE to a Library Intranet Site: A Recipe to Enhance Usability, Lisa Cotter, Larnich Harije, Suzanne Lewis, and Ingrid Tonnison
Employing Evidence: Does It Have a Job in Vocational Libraries? Cecily Martina and Bradley Jones
Name Authority Challenges for Indexing and Abstracting Databases, Denise Beaubien Bennett, Priscilla Williams
Persuasive Evidence: Improving Customer Service through Evidence Based Librarianship, Wendy Anne Abbott
Evidence-Based Marketing for Academic Librarians, Yoo-Seong Song

Evidence Summaries
Editorial: Small steps forward through critical appraisal, Denise Koufogiannakis
Undergraduate students do not understand some library jargon typically used in library instruction, Lorie Andrea Kloda
Children’s input is vital to creating an online library that meets children’s information needs, Susan Haigh
E-book trial using handheld devices yields mixed reactions from public library staff and users in Essex County, UK., Stephanie Jane Hall
The majority of library clients still use person-to-person interaction when asking reference questions, Suzanne Pamela Lewis
Undergraduate and postgraduate students in a North American University are choosing to use chat reference services for all kinds of reasons, Gill Needham
Use and access of grey literature in special libraries may be hindered by lack of visibility and cataloguing, David Hook
Training may affect primary care staff access to the biomedical electronic evidence base, Marcy L. Brown
The randomised controlled trial in medical research: using bibliometric methods to identify core journals, John Loy
Evidence based research activities, interests and opportunities exist for practitioners in all library sectors in the British Isles, Julie McKenna

Evidence based library and information practice: the time is now, Joanne G. Marshall
3rd International EBL Conference - Abstracts of Papers and Poster Sessions
4th International Conference on Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, Joanne G. Marshall
EBLIG is up and running - jump on board! Virginia Wilson, Lyn Currie

This will certainly be an important library journal—get in on the ground floor by looking at its first issue!

EBLIP: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP
Editorial Policies: http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/EBLIP/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope
EBLIG/CLA: http://www.cla.ca/about/igroups/evidence_based.htm

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